Sunday, May 31, 2009

Apple Cheddar Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs are the kind of dish that, when you hear the name, you either get really excited or run away screaming. For the really excited camp, yay, glad you've joined me! For the run away screaming folks, stay. Please. I promise you'll be glad I converted you.

I read about these meatballs on The Not So Skinny Kitchen, and immediately added them to my to-do list (if you use an RSS reader, click through to see my foodie to-do list of recipes from around the blogosphere on the sidebar). Andy was perusing the list this evening, and lit up when he saw this recipe. He's usually so easygoing and is happy with whatever I decide to make, so I know that he means it when he has a special request.


I'm a total sucker for anything that combines fruit and cheese, which is what attracted me to this recipe in the first place. But they're also healthy, flavorful, moist, and light... a perfect early summer dinner. I used a granny smith apple, which I highly recommend. The tartness was an ideal complement to the other flavors.

Apple, Cheddar, and Turkey Meatballs
Adapted from The Not So Skinny Kitchen
Printable Recipe

1 pound lean ground turkey breast
1 egg
1 medium apple, peeled and shredded
½ cup 2% cheddar cheese, shredded
⅓ cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder

Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Using an ice cream scoop, shape into balls, and place on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake for 20 minutes, flip meatballs, and bake for 15 more minutes, or until browned. For extra browning, broil for 1-2 minutes.


chelsea said...

Those look so yummy!!! Thank you for such a nice comment on my blog the other day. It really made my day!

(wife.) said...

I totally stole this recipe from your to-do list and filed it away in my own, and I'm so glad you liked it! Definitely going to try when I'm back to my kitchen. I bet it would make a great turkey meatloaf for sandwiches, too.

Sara said...

This sounds really interesting. It's like thanksgiving rolled up into a meatball.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you liked them! I think I originally fell into the "skeptical but curious" group. I first made them because I had a huge bag of apples to use up last Fall, and I found myself experimenting with them in ways I wouldn't have otherwise. I am so glad I tried the recipe though, and it's always nice to have others try something I've made and like it :)

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